[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 8 (Wednesday, January 12, 2022)]
[Pages 1776-1777]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-00387]



Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin 
Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2023 
or Calendar Year 2023

AGENCY: Office of Self-Governance, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of application deadline.


SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) 
establishes a March 1, 2022, deadline for Indian tribes/consortia to 
submit completed applications to begin participation in

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the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2023 or calendar year 

DATES: Completed application packages must be received by the Director, 
Office of Self-Governance, by March 1, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Application packages for inclusion in the applicant pool 
should be sent to Sharee M. Freeman, Director, Office of Self-
Governance, Department of the Interior, Mail Stop 3624-MIB, 1849 C 
Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

Governance, Telephone (918) 931-0745 or Dr. Kenneth D. Reinfeld, Office 
of Self-Governance, Telephone (202) 821-7107.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994 
(Pub. L. 103-413), as amended by the ``Practical Reforms and Other 
Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-
Determination Act of 2019-2020'' or the ``PROGRESS for Indian Tribes 
Act'', Section 402(b)(1)(A), the Secretary, acting through the Director 
of the Office of Self-Governance, may select not more than 50 new 
Indian Tribes per year from those eligible tribes. The Act mandates 
that copies of the funding agreements be sent at least 90 days before 
the proposed effective date to each Tribe that is served by the Bureau 
of Indian Affairs' agency that is serving the Tribe that is a party to 
the funding agreement. Initial negotiations with a Tribe/consortium 
located in a region and/or agency which has not previously been 
involved with self-governance negotiations will take approximately 2 
months from start to finish. Agreements for an October 1 to September 
30 funding year need to be signed and submitted by July 1. Agreements 
for a January 1 to December 31 need to be signed and submitted by 
October 1.

Purpose of Notice

    The regulations at 25 CFR 1000.10 to 1000.31 have been modified by 
Section 201 of the newly enacted ``Practical Reforms and Other Goals To 
Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination'' 
(PROGRESS) Act as follows: Section 201. Definitions; reporting and 
audit requirements; application of programs.
    To be eligible to participate in self-governance, an Indian Tribe 

    (1) Successfully complete the planning phase described in 
subsection (d);
    (2) request participation in self-governance by resolution or 
other official action by the Tribal governing body; and
    (3) demonstrate for the 3 fiscal years preceding the date on 
which the Tribe requests participation, fiscal stability and 
financial management capability as evidenced by the Indian Tribe 
having no uncorrected significant and internal audit exceptions in 
the required annual audit of its self-determination or self-
governance agreements with any Federal agency.

    An Indian Tribe seeking to begin participation in self-governance 
shall complete the planning phase. The planning phase shall:

    (A) Be conducted to the satisfaction of the Indian Tribe; and
    (B) include:
    (i) Legal and budgetary research; and
    (ii) internal Tribal governing planning, training, and 
organizational preparation.

Applicants should be guided by the referenced requirements in preparing 
their applications to begin participation in the tribal self-governance 
program in fiscal year 2023 and calendar year 2023. Copies of these 
requirements may be obtained from the information contact person 
identified in this notice.
    Tribes/consortia wishing to be considered for participation in the 
tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2023 or calendar year 
2023 must respond to this notice, except for those tribes/consortia 
which are one of the 137 tribal entities with signed self-governance 

Information Collection

    This information collection is authorized by OMB Control Number 
1076-0143, Tribal Self-Governance Program, which expires June 30, 2022.

Bryan Newland,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2022-00387 Filed 1-11-22; 8:45 am]